Bill Cornish

Keyboardist for jazz, rock, jam and whatever else crosses his path

About Me

”...a truly diverse and illustrative project. It proves worthy of its boast that it's an exercise in cinematic storytelling and that Cornish's music defies easy categorization. There are strong flirts with blues, jazz, and world touches.” - on Sojourn

Never one to be going in only one direction, Bill Cornish seeks out projects that allow him to utilize his many influences. In addition to producing solo CDs which are an eclectic blend of jazz, funk, orchestral and world fusion, he recently composed the theme for the new syndicated show Game Time with Boomer Esiason and is the keyboardist for the jazz/rock fusion project The Odd Get Even featuring Paul Gilbert / Ike Turner drummer Bill Ray.

Over the years, Bill has been the keyboardist for a variety of bands including The Thomas Connor Band (rock project featuring Blood Sweat & Tears singer Thomas Connor), Zindu (improvisational groove fusion), Will Sumner's Tropic Zone (latin influenced jazz), Willovalot (smooth jazz and funk) and Almost Joe (Latin- influenced Rock and Jazz).

From the early 80s through the mid-90s, he was keyboardist for Crystal, a band with whom he spent twelve years touring throughout the western United States, Alaska and Japan. During that time he opened for artists such as Kansas, Steelheart, Joan Jett, Steppenwolf, Firehouse, The Romantics, Pat Travers, and many others. The Crystal album Collection was among the top ten selling melodic rock CDs for German distributor AOR Heaven in the year 2000.

The fourth album from the Odd Get Even was released last year and 2019 saw both the release of Bill's latest solo CD entitled Waking Dreams and a second album from his rock project Reason's Edge called Smoke and Mirrors.

In addition to being involved with multiple recording projects, he can frequently be found performing live in the Chicagoland area with The Jay Goeppner Band, Grand Illusion, The Bruce Williams Band, Almost Joe and others.

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